Provence Bike Tour: Lavender Fields and Hilltop Villages of the Luberon (6 days)

Provence Bike Tour: Lavender Fields and Hilltop Villages of the Luberon

(6 days)

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Description

Browse the weekly market in Gordes, where local producers offer pints of perfect berries, fragrant soap, loose lavender and spices, and heaps of olives. Ride through emblematic Provençal scenery, from hill towns and lavender fields to the rocky Alpilles. Delve into the olive oil industry of Les Alpilles and taste the oil produced by century-old trees planted around the Château des Baux. Browse the boutiques and galleries of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Les Baux-de-Provence. Learn to cook classic Provençal dishes during a lesson in our friend’s home kitchen.

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Breakfast included 5 day and 6 snaks. As well as 5 lunch, 4 dinner Ask a travel specialist for more details.

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Hotel Pickup & Drop-off

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Trip Itinerary

DAY #1 - Gargas, France La Coquillade or Mas des Herbes Blanches
Meet our guides at the Avignon TGV train station, and the adventure begins! After a short transfer into the countryside, we’ll start in style at our luxurious hotel with a true Provençal welcome lunch. Get fitted on your bike, and we’ll set out on a beautiful first ride through the villages of Gargas, Villars, and Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt. Cruise past vineyards and fruit orchards while admiring the region’s tranquil landscapes and timeless architecture. Tonight delight in a bienvenue from the chef as he prepares a dinner featuring produce grown on the property. Accomplished: 17 miles / 27 km, elevation gain: 1,010 feet / 308 meters
DAY #2 - Bonnieux, France La Coquillade or Mas des Herbes Blanches
Today we’ll ride on through the forested heart of the Petit Luberon, peering out across the valley floor with its patchwork of orchards and vineyards. Enjoy views from the wealthy and picturesque village of Bonnieux, and stop for a cappuccino in Lacoste. We’ll learn about Côtes du Luberon wines in a domaine near Ménerbes, then enjoy a lovely picnic prepared by your guides. This afternoon, we spin to Roussillon to admire the local artists’ colorful creations in the town’s many galleries. Later, transfer to the small village of Joucas and meet our dear friend Veronique. In her home kitchen, we’ll learn to cook classic Provençal dishes, then sample our creations on Veronique’s charming terrace. Accomplished: 30 miles / 49 km, elevation gain: 2,339 feet / 713 meters Shorter Option: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 2,073 feet / 632 meters
DAY #3 - Roussillon, France La Coquillade or Mas des Herbes Blanches
Our morning ride will take us on small country roads that lead to one of the most beautiful villages of the Luberon—Gordes. Explore the village’s outdoor market and scenic terraces created by its impressive position in the Luberon Valley. Next, climb to the high plateau of the Luberon and reward yourself with incredible views and a well-deserved lunch in the village of Murs. A downhill ride will take us back to our hotel for some well-deserved rest. Dinner this evening is at one of our favorite local gems. Accomplished: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 2,985 feet / 910 meters Shorter Option: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain : 2,073 feet / 632 meters
DAY #4 - Cavaillon, France Baumaniere le Baux de Provence
Today we’ll warm up with a ride on a bike path that leads us to the foothills of the Luberon Mountain and past quaint hilltop villages. Pedal through Cavaillon before crossing the Durance River, then rest your legs during lunch in the town square of Eygalières. This afternoon, we encounter the natural beauty of Les Alpilles mountain range as we ride through its limestone massif dotted with Aleppo pine and cypress trees. Arrive at an olive mill where the owners share their passion for this local liquid gold. We’ll learn about each step of the process, then taste the nuances in the different oils they produce. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy; treat yourself to a massage or some poolside lounging at our luxurious five-star hotel. Your guides can offer excellent suggestions for this evening’s dinner on your own in town. Accomplished: 42 miles / 67 km, elevation gain: 1,558 feet / 475 meters Shorter Option: 29 miles/ 47 km, elevation gain: 1,148 feet / 350 meters
DAY #5 - Les Baux-de-Provence, France Baumaniere le Baux de Provence
Begin the day riding on quiet roads surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and the undulating mountain range of Les Alpilles to Domaine de la Vallongue. We’re treated to a tasting of organic wines from a small producer in Eygalières before continuing to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Explore the town’s vibrant boutiques and galleries and sit down to a well-deserved lunch. Our afternoon ride will take us to the famous hilltop fortress of Les Baux-de-Provence. We’ll visit a former stone quarry that has been transformed into a cutting-edge exhibit of world-famous painters, then take a stroll through town. Tonight, share a memorable meal together at our hotel’s gourmet restaurant, Cabro d’Or. Accomplished: 35 miles / 56 km, elevation gain: 1,765 feet / 538 meters Shorter Option: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 1,296 feet / 395 meters
DAY #6 - Avignon, France
For your final morning, enjoy a quiet breakfast and relax or go for a last ride in the Alpilles countryside, dotted with olive groves and graceful cypress trees. Once showered and changed back at the hotel, your guides will see you off at the Avignon TGV train station. Optional Ride: 16 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 800 feet / 244 meters
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